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As Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) prepares to expand its iPhone to other carriers, the mobile patent lawsuits just keep flying… After months of suits…

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As Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) prepares to expand its iPhone to other carriers, the mobile patent lawsuits just keep flying… After months of suits and countersuits between Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Apple over patent infringement, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is now accusing Apple of multiple violations. Motorola’s suit was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission and alleges that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers are based on Motorola patents. Motorola Mobility also filed patent infringement complaints against Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) in the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Florida.

Specifically, Motorola Mobility’s three complaints include 18 patents. The suit appears to be aimed at Apple services such as MobileMe and the App Store. The Motorola patents also include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device syncing.

Motorola made no mention of monetary damages it may seek. It only said that it wanted an Exclusion Order barring Apple’s importation of “infringing products, prohibiting further sales of infringing products that have already been imported.” The company also demands an immediate halt of the marketing, advertising, demonstration and warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of the iPhone and related devices in the United States.

The suit appears to be timed to pre-empt an expected announcement that Apple will make an iPhone to be marketed by Verizon). (MocoNews’ Tricia Duryee will be covering the Verizon press conference this afternoon.) AT&T (NYSE: T) has had exclusive rights to sell the iPhone since it first hit the market nearly four years ago. Release

  1. What is this, a PR stunt? Moto’s lawyers must know they wil never get their “demand” of a halt to all marketing of Apple products in the US. Courts are very reluctant to cause that much disruption before there has even been a hearing, let alone a trial.

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